There’s something to be said about a breed that has won the hearts of so many. Few dog breeds can do this like the French Bulldog. From the cute wrinkly body to the smushed snout, this dog breeds loving and playful nature makes them one of the best choices for families and children.
Bringing a new French Bulldog puppy home can be a scary experience if you’re not used to caring for one. Thankfully, this quick guide should help you get past some of the jitters you’re feeling about loving and caring for your new dog.
How to Take Care of a French Bulldog
Here are five aspects of your French Bulldog’s life that you’ll want to make sure you know as much as possible about.
Cleanliness and Care
One thing that makes French Bulldogs a little different than other dog breeds is their rolls. While they’re delightfully cute, they require a bit more attention. Their wrinkles can get dirty quickly and you’ll want to wipe them down on a weekly basis or every time your French Bulldog runs around outside and gets dirty.
Make sure to pay attention to their face as well. Around their eyes and ears can get pretty gunked up if you don’t clean it out regularly. Use a damp cloth to prevent irritation and the growth of bacteria.
Avoid the Heat
French Bulldogs are not a hot weather dog so you’ll want to avoid the heat as much as possible. French Bulldogs are prone to heat exhaustion so be sure they have plenty of cool water to drink and a nice cold place to relax.
Look for excessive panting and abnormal drooling to warn you of heat exhaustion. Do not take your French Bulldog out on days when it’s hotter than 85 degrees and also look out for their paws on hot pavement.
Feeding and Diet
Grain-free, raw diet, organic, gluten-free, and freeze-dried; it’s easy to get confused by all the food options out there. What’s most important is that you’re feeding your French Bulldog a high-quality dog food from a well respected brand.
Be sure to choose food that has real meat as the first ingredient and look out for allergies. While French Bulldogs are not necessarily prone to food allergies, they can certainly develop them.
Fun and Love
While all of these tips are important and you want to do everything you can to care for your French Bulldog, it’s all about love at the end of the day. Your French Bulldog loves chew toys and small things you can use to play hide and seek with them.
Some French Bulldogs like to fetch and there are few things that they enjoy more than a good old fashioned stick. This breed is prone to obesity so be sure they get plenty of interactive exercise.
French Bulldogs are one of the most desirable breeds for both their appearance and personality. These dogs can adapt to almost any lifestyle and are great for both families and singles. If you have a small yard or even live in an apartment, this is a great breed for you.